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Gamepad Config - Buttons not recognized - Pi Zero

  • Global Moderator

    Looking at the system log you posted, I don't see any errors. The hub is detected and so is the keyboard and the gamepad. There are no error or disconnects like I imagined.

  • Gotta be honest... I dont know what to do next...

    Could it be an issue with the Raspberry Pi Zero itself?

  • Global Moderator

    I don't think the Pi is faulty.
    You could manually create the input configuration - based on the values reported by jstest - and adding it to \\retropie\configs\all\emulationstation\es_input.cfg.

    Can you add the following lines to the file, before the last line with </inputList>:

    <inputConfig type="joystick" deviceName="Sony Interactive Entertainment Wireless Controller" deviceGUID="030000004c050000cc09000011810000"
        <input name="rightanalogup" type="axis" id="4" value="-1"/>
        <input name="rightanalogdown" type="axis" id="4" value="1"/>
        <input name="rightanalogright" type="axis" id="3" value="1"/>
        <input name="rightanalogleft" type="axis" id="3" value="-1"/>
        <input name="pageup" type="button" id="4" value="1"/>
        <input name="pagedown" type="button" id="5" value="1"/>
        <input name="up" type="hat" id="0" value="1"/>
        <input name="left" type="hat" id="0" value="8"/>
        <input name="down" type="hat" id="0" value="4"/>
        <input name="right" type="hat" id="0" value="2"/>
        <input name="select" type="button" id="8" value="1"/>
        <input name="start" type="button" id="9" value="1"/>
        <input name="y" type="button" id="3" value="1"/>
        <input name="x" type="button" id="2" value="1"/>
        <input name="b" type="button" id="0" value="1"/>
        <input name="a" type="button" id="1" value="1"/>
        <input name="leftanalogdown" type="axis" id="1" value="1"/>
        <input name="leftanalogup" type="axis" id="1" value="-1"/>
        <input name="leftanalogright" type="axis" id="0" value="1"/>
        <input name="leftanalogleft" type="axis" id="0" value="-1"/>

    This should configure a PS4 Dualshock controller - see if, after adding these lines and restarting EmulationStation, your PS4 controller is recognized and functioning.

  • I used WinSCP to SSH into the Pi.

    I could not find the directory that you suggested.

    Did I do something wrong?

  • Global Moderator

    The \\retropie\configs\all\emulationstation path is for using File Shares to access the Pi.
    If you're using SSH/SCP, then the same folder can be accessed at $HOME/.emulationstation or at /opt/retropie/configs/all/emulationstation.

  • I added the lines.

    The es_input.cfg file looks now like this.

    But the PS4-Controller is still not recognized after rebooting.

  • Global Moderator

    The file looks right, but I still can't pinpoint why this doesn't work.
    Can you run again emulationstation --debug and then post the log (now with the new configuration file) ?

  • Here is the new es_log.txt

    After running emulationstation --debug I tried to configure the PS4-Controller.

    It recognized the first button press but after that I got a error message.

    I recieved that message a couple of times now.

    I already checked the gpu_split which seemed to be ok.
    It was set to the same values as in the documentation.



  • Global Moderator

    I don't think the gpu_mem is at fault, the RetroPie image already has this configuration.
    The log file shows ES shutting down cleanly - are you sure it's the one from the crash ?

    Try updating your RetroPie packages - - if you haven't done so.

  • No it is not.

    It was from before the crash.

    I tried again and another crash happend.

    Here is the es_log.txt file from that new crash.

  • I just did the update but nothing changed.

  • I tried doing a new installation on my second micro-sd-card again.

    But I still got the same issue (gamepad recognized but emulationstation freezes on button press).

  • Global Moderator

    I don't think there's something wrong with the card or the Pi. The symptoms are similar to the gamepad being disconnected/re-connected.
    Have you tried connecting the gamepad directly to the PI, without the USB hub ?

  • So I now tried to connect the PS4-Controller directly via a micro-USB cable.

    It was better then before.

    I managed to map about half of the keys but then emulationstation froze again.

  • Global Moderator

    @christalclear That rules out any issue with the HUB. Do you get any under-voltage notifications when your the Pi ?

  • I just checked and there is no under voltage notification.

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